Training is like working out: You can be full of good intentions but, somehow, more pressing matters get in the way. You decide you’d better get into work early instead; that report isn’t going to write itself! And then you cheer yourself up by deciding--with conviction--to hit the gym tomorrow.
Why is that? It comes down to motivation. If you don’t believe that the benefits of exercise are greater than the hard work associated with it, your inventive brain is going to come up with other honorable reasons to dodge that spin class!
And it’s the same with training. You know that developing new expertise will be interesting and will help you progress in your career, but do the gains really outweigh the hard work, especially when the hard work can involve sitting in a stuffy room for 7 hours? Or suffering through long, slow online courses that fail to deliver any relevant information?
So what can people in my profession do to tip the balance in favor of training? How can we make sure the gain outweighs the pain?
Training is something that happens to you: 'I was trained'. Learning is something you do yourself: 'I learned how to...'. You are a passive recipient in ‘training’, but an active participant in ‘learning’. That’s why our classroom-based courses for learning to use the Corvil platform are practical – you log into the platform to accomplish important analytics tasks by yourself. Our experts are there to facilitate you, but not to train you.
There are two ways we try to design for the individual at Corvil.
Firstly, we design learning that will appeal to different learning styles. Some people like watching videos while others like reading a document. Some people like to know everything before putting it into practice while others like to try things out before searching for knowledge if they get stuck. We try to cater for this by providing a range of formats and resources.
Secondly, we acknowledge that there’s more than one way to do something. We find some of our clients love code and prefer to work in the Corvil Command Line Interface. Other clients prefer using the interface. Our learning solutions provide for both methods of working.
At Corvil, we strive to make learning available at the point of need. Our new Corvil Learning Center is available online to give you anytime access to our learning catalogs. Each learning unit is short and focused, averaging at 5 minutes, so that you can find relevant and practical support fast.
Our latest e-learning offering is Corvil Essentials, available free of charge and on request from [email protected]. This catalog of engaging and bite-sized learning experiences provides a comprehensive introduction to Corvil concepts and the user interface. Courses include Discovery, Dashboards, Lens, Streams, Network Data, Data Search, the Corvil Management Centre and a How-To Series of 1-minute task-based lessons.
We also have lots of exciting new projects underway that will be available throughout 2016 on the Corvil Learning Center.
My goal is to maximize the benefit and minimize the pain of learning how to use Corvil. I realize that a blog is a one-way communication, so you can email me at [email protected] to tell me what you want to gain and where you feel the pain!